Haje Jan Kamps

Haje Jan Kamps is the director of portfolio at Bolt, a venture capital firm focused on hardware startups and enabling technologies. He was also a staff writer for TechCrunch.

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Ricoh announces the R, a camera that will make 360-degree live streaming easy

Following from the company's successful Theta S, Ricoh today flirtatiously lifted the veil on an upcoming product that will make live streaming 360-degree content a breeze. For now, the company is mak

Nemonic is like Post-It notes with IoT smarts

Mangoslab showed off its first product today. Nemonic is a $120 thermal printer that prints on sticky notes from your phone. That's right - everyone's favorite tool for passive-aggressively leaving no

Airthings wants you to measure the Radon in your house

We have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors that live in our house, sniffing the air for nasties, and beeping loudly if something has gone horribly wrong. Norwegian company Airthings wants t

SteadXP wants to add image stabilization magic to any camera

Hand-holding video always seems like such a good idea until you're watching the footage back in the editing suite. Wobblycam is a pain in the backside and can take forever to fix in post-production. T

Look out for Ultrahaptics haptic feedback in new cars this year

Since Ultrahaptics was founded in 2013, the company has showed off a string of better and better technical demos. Which has been fun, but obviously where the rubber really hits the road (pun most emph

Adding encryption to cameras won’t solve photojournalists’ problems

When the Freedom of the Press Foundation published an open letter to Canon, encouraging the company to implement encryption features into its cameras, it missed the point. Yes, encryption per se is a

Runchkins is Trunk Club for kids, with an optional buy-back power-up

You know what it's like... you've just bought the cutest little outfit for the tiniest person in your family, and they promptly go and grow out of it. If that sounds familiar, Runchkins might just be

Beddit 3 knows if you’ve been sleeping. It knows if you’re awake.

Jolted into existence with a $500,000 Indiegogo campaign back in 2013, followed by a version 2 that was sold in Apple Stores all over the world, Beddit is back with a third generation of its popular a

Logojoy turns design into an AI-powered, iterative process

If you've ever had to have a logo designed, you probably know that a lot of love, care, taste, years of training, tons of experience and buckets of knowledge goes into the process. Logojoy pulls the p

Dobot is crowdfunding a robot that laser-engraves, 3D prints and much more

Robotic arms seem like they belong in Sci-Fi movies, car factories and the dreams of DIY nerds. Dobot wants to change that, with a shiny new Kickstarter campaign bringing entry-level robotics to the d

Soracom launches SIM cards and services easing IoT rollout cost

One of the challenges of Internet of Things is the poor availability and high price of mobile data. Twilio announced it was going to have a stab at changing that earlier this year. Today Soracom showe

Synq launches a video API so you don’t have to build video delivery from scratch

Say you're an app developer and you need to give your app users a way of uploading, storing and playing back video. Instead of having to build your own video content management system or licensing one

Vitrima is a hack that brings 3D vision to your GoPro camera

If there was a product that could make you dig out your dust-collecting GoPro from the "misc" drawer and turn it into a 3D-filming camera, would you buy it? Of course you would; 737 people said "yes,

Yeehaw launches 3D printer for kids on Indiegogo

The Yeehaw is a 3D printer aimed at the kids market. The company's Indiegogo campaign carries a $249 early-bird price tag and promises to ship the first 50 units in time for Christmas. There were a fe

Facetune 2 puts a powerful photo editor in your pocket

The original Facetune app made it easy and fast to make your selfies look next-level awesome. Lightricks just released a fully revamped version 2 of Facetune, complete with automatic 3D meshing built

Japanese unicorn Mercari is gunning for eBay’s crown

After raising a $75 million investment at a $1 billion valuation earlier this year, Mercari announced it has seen more than 20 million app downloads in the U.S. The company started a North American hi

Telemedicine company Syounika Online snags top prize at TechCrunch Tokyo

As a parent, if your child breaks out with a rash, what do you do? You panic, you search the internet for what could possibly be wrong and the next thing you know is that you're convinced your child i

These are the TechCrunch Tokyo 2016 pitch competition winners

You've probably heard of TechCrunch Disrupt, but we run events all over the world. This week, it's all about Tokyo. Twenty startups were battling for a spot in the final. The judges were ruthless. Wel

This is a Kendama! This is a IoT! Uh! Dendama.

The Ken plays the starring role in the traditional Japanese Kendama game. It's a cup-and-ball juggling toy that hasn't seen much disruption since the 17th century. Until now, that is. Dendama is an In

Surgery training app Touch Surgery cuts deal with Johnson & Johnson

London-based app maker Touch Surgery creates a series of apps to help surgeons train ahead of complicated surgery prodedures, or to familiarize themselves with new surgical tools, equipment and proced
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